Battles with the Empty Page
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Battles with the Empty Page

The battle begins as it always does.  I sit down, roll my chair close to the edge of my desk, turn on the lamp, grab my pen and stare down at the first page of a pad of paper.  Like two samurai facing each other silently in the rain, weapons drawn, we begin.

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Review of the Viking River Cruise
Viking River Longship

Review of the Viking River Cruise

I HATE Cruises

I’m not a fan of the concept of an ocean cruise.  It goes against my idea about what travel is about.  In my mind, travel is about going to different places, interacting with people, and experiencing things unique to that location.  The thought of being packed in a huge ship with 5000 of my fellow citizens, surrounded 80% of the time by the same view (water, lots of water; as far as the eye can see), was enough to send an introvert like me screaming into the abyss.  In addition, I also worry about that one “Typhoid Mary” passenger or crew member who can turn the whole voyage into “Nightmare on the S.S. Rotavirus”.

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Lao Tzu

"If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the…

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Wine Over Beer, Never Fear…
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Wine Over Beer, Never Fear…

I’m a recent convent to the religion of wine.  Of largely Irish heritage, I grew up a beer drinker and stayed that way through most of my adulthood.  However in the past 4-5 years, spurred mostly by my travels and a desire for better health, I have switched almost totally to wine.  Like when I started drinking beer, wine is an acquired taste.  It takes time to develop a palate for drinking wine.  While I can’t say that I have a fully developed wine palate, I can say I’m definitely a wine lover now.  And here are the reasons why:

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